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Virtual Voices sing out

The search is on for musicians with a hearing implant to be part of an online collaboration. The Virtual Voices and Band project is inviting hearing implant users of all types, countries, abilities and brands to unite by recording a vocal or instrumental performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

Optimising hearing aid processing for music appreciation

Hearing aid manufacturers’ main focus has, up until recently, been improvement of speech intelligibility. Today’s hearing aid users have much broader demands however and often cite improved music perception as a key outcome or goal. Drs Tish Ramirez and Rebecca...

The Dilemma of Beethoven’s Deafness

Beethoven was one of the world’s greatest musicians, and his deafness is well known. Many details of his medical conditions are known, and various theories of his hearing loss have been proposed. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770 in...

From patient to performer

Peter Cawrey lives in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, with his wife Dorothy. He had a salvage laryngectomy for squamous cell carcinoma in 2015, three years following his initial radiotherapy. Due to complications and a complex recovery, he has elected not to have...

Composing with Meniere’s disease: a personal reflection

Is a fluctuating hearing loss and composing music incompatible? Professor Andrew Hugill discusses his personal experience of Meniere’s disease and the work that has developed as a result of the condition. As I write this article, I am in the...

Sound Sensation music festival

Alex Griffiths-Brown heads to Austria to hear MED-EL showcasing music by and for hearing implant users.

Supporting music listening through cochlear implant services – experience from a UK adult clinic on supporting musical engagement

The perception and enjoyment of music is central to many people’s lives. Harriet Crook (herself a cochlear implant recipient) tells us about important work in this area for people using hearing aids and CIs. There is now a wealth of...

World Hearing Day 2022: WHO launch webinar goes online

The World Health Organisation (WHO) took the opportunity of World Hearing Day on 2 March to announce three hearing-loss initiatives. As well as establishing a global standard for safe listening entertainment venues, it published a related handbook for implementation of safe listening and released a media brief for journalists.

The BTA Virtual Conference 2021

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) has announced their annual tinnitus conference will take place virtually this year, from 4-8 October 2021. Following the success of the 2020 event, the conference will offer flexibility for UK and international attendees with on-demand...

Sound Sensation: The MED-EL Music Festival

Connecting people with hearing loss to the magic of music is what we do. Since our founders pioneered the modern cochlear implant back in 1977, we’ve been dedicated to delivering the closest to natural hearing experience with our implants. With...

Auditory brainstem response patterns are neural signatures

Through examples, this article describes how particular aspects of auditory brainstem responses can portray certain kinds of language or communication impairments – a characteristic pattern or ‘neural signature’. A reduction in processing of the fundamental frequency is seen commonly in...

The ear-brain connection: the role of cognition in neural speech processing

Audiologists and other hearing healthcare professionals have become increasingly interested in the importance of cognitive function in the assessment and management of hearing loss, especially in light of evidence suggesting a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline in older...